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5/18/2020 Vermont Grand Chapter Suspends All Activities through June 30, 2020 posted on 05-18-2020 08:59:00
May 18, 2020Dear Sisters and BrothersOn May 15, 2020 Governor Scott extended Vermont’s "Stay Home, Stay Safe" to June 15, 2020. We believe that it is prudent, out of concern for the health and welfare of our membership, that we suspend allEastern Star activity in the jurisdiction of Vermont through and including June 30, 2020. While the "Stay Home, Stay Safe" may be lifted, out of concern for our membership, we have extended the suspension to the end of the month. This includes both Grand Chapter as well as local Chapter events. Per our Most Worthy Grand Matron Marianne R. Shenefelt:“Those who are in the high-risk group should not attend meetings until it is considered safe by health experts to do so. Those at high-risk for severe illness from COVID-19 are: people aged 65 years and older; people who live in a nursing home or long-term care facility; people of all ages with underlying medical conditions, particularly if not well controlled including chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma; serious heart conditions; diabetes; chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis; liver disease; and people who are immunocompromised which includes cancer treatment, smoking, bone marrow or organ transplantation, immune deficiencies, poorly controlled HIV or AIDS, and prolonged use of corticosteroids and other immune weakening medications (source: cdc.gov/coronavirus).”As a majority of our members meet this criterion, we believe it is best to continue our suspension.For chapter regular meetings, during this time, chapters are not required to submit a request for dispensation. This is a one-time exception. Once this suspension of activity has been lifted, we will immediately continue with our regular schedule. Should a meeting need to be rescheduled after the suspension, you will be again required to submit dispensation requests. Further instructions for meetings will be provided prior to your first meeting. Should an urgent matter arise during this period, please contact either myself or Sister Jerri K. Riegler, Past Grand Matron, Grand Secretary via phone or e-mail. Please continue to watch for updates and public notices from the State of Vermont and the CDC. Please be attentive to our elderly members and check in on them frequently as they are the group that will be the hardest hit. When there is a change in our status, we will notify the membership accordingly. Proud To Be, Jacqueline (Jacque) M. Shiner Bruce A. Johnson
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4/15/2020 Grand Chapter Session - Postponed to 8/17/2020 - 8/18/2020 posted on 04-15-2020 11:08:00
April 15, 2020Dear Sisters and BrothersOn April 10, 2020 Governor Scott extended Vermont’s Stay at Home to May 15, 2020 and announced that Vermont lodging businesses will be allowed to use their online reservation systems to begin booking reservations that begin on June 15 or later. Our 2020 Grand Chapter “Proud to Be” Session was scheduled for June 3 – 5, 2020. As a result, we are unable to hold our Grand Chapter Session on our dates. After careful consideration and discussion, we have decided to postpone our session to tentatively August 17 -18, 2020 This session will be restricted to business only with strictly Vermont members to accomplish only what is necessary for our state organization. While we are honored by members from other Grand Jurisdictions wanting to attend our session, we respectfully request that you cancel your plans to attend our session. For our members safety and due to our reduction to 1.5 day session restricted to business only, the following activities will not take place at our Session.· Grand Representatives Hospitality Suite· Basket Raffle and Craft Table· Gifts for the 2020-2021 Grand Officers – these can be presented at the Grand Officers Reception· Past Grand Matron and Past Grand Patron Banquet· Reception of Masonic Appendant Bodies · Session Presentation of Bible, Altar Cloth and Emblems· Reception of Distinguished Guests· Reading of Annual Reports – these will be published in our Proceedings and are available by requestShould you have a question or concern, please contact either myself or Sister Jerri K. Riegler, Past Grand Matron, Grand Secretary via phone or e-mail.This is a very fluid situation and we may have to address this issue again depending on our State and Federal government guidelines. Please continue to watch for updates and public notices from the State of Vermont and the CDC. Please be attentive to our elderly members and check in on them frequently as they are the group that will be the hardest hit. When there is a change in our status, we will notify the membership accordingly.Proud To Be, Jacqueline (Jacque) M. Shiner Bruce A. Johnson
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4/13/2020 Vermont Grand Chapter Suspends Activities through 5/31/2020 posted on 04-13-2020 09:52:00
April 13, 2020Dear Sisters and BrothersOn April 10, 2020 Governor Scott extended Vermont’s Stay At Home to May 15, 2020. We believe that it is prudent, out of concern for the health and welfare of our membership, that we suspend all Eastern Star activity in the jurisdiction of Vermont through and including May 31, 2020. While the Stay At Home may be lifted, out of concern for our membership, we have extended the suspension to the end of the month. This includes both Grand Chapter as well as local Chapter events. The Grand Chapter Events that are cancelled are:· 5/2/2020 Grand Representatives Association· 5/3/2020 Grand Officers Get Acquainted Party· 5/9/2020 Grand Officers Farewell PartyFor chapter regular meetings, during this time, chapters are not required to submit a request for dispensation. We recognize that it may be difficult to make up one or two meetings before Grand Chapter, therefore, any meetings that are missed during this period do not need to be made up. This is a one-time exception. Once this suspension of activity has been lifted, we will immediately continue with our regular schedule. Should a meeting need to be rescheduled after the suspension, you will be again required to submit dispensation requests.The following mandates shall apply:· Chapters which have held Annual Meetings, Elections but not Installation: Installation must take place at the first stated meeting following the lifting of this mandate.· Chapters which have not yet held Annual Meetings, Elections and Installation: Elections and Installation must take place at the first stated meeting following the lifting of this mandate. Further instruction will follow.· All Worthy Matrons, Secretaries and Treasurers will continue to pay bills during this period.Should an urgent matter arise during this period, please contact either myself or Sister Jerri K. Riegler, Past Grand Matron, Grand Secretary via phone or e-mail. Please continue to watch for updates and public notices from the State of Vermont and the CDC. Please be attentive to our elderly members and check in on them frequently as they are the group that will be the hardest hit. When there is a change in our status, we will notify the membership accordingly. Proud To Be, Jacqueline (Jacque) M. Shiner Bruce A. Johnson
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posted on 03-17-2020 10:37:00
3/17/2020 COVID-19 Update:3/28/2020 NH-VT Table Exchange CANCELLED4/18/2020 Charlotte Morris Meeting CANCELLED
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posted on 03-14-2020 14:31:00
3/14/2020 Grand Chapter of Vermont and Local Chapter meetings suspended until 4/15/2020March 14, 2020Dear Sisters and BrothersOn March 13, 2020 Governor Scott declared a State of Emergency for Vermont. As such, out of concern for the health and welfare of our membership, and the potential susceptibility they may have to contracting COVID-19, we have decided to suspend all Eastern Star activity in the jurisdiction of Vermont through and including April 15, 2020. This includes both Grand Chapter as well as local Chapter events. The Grand Chapter Events that are cancelled are: 3/29/2020 Grand Officers Entertainment: Forest-Unity Chapter, No. 82 & Lady Washington Chapter, No. 86 in Sharon, Vermont 4/4/2020 Hands Across the Border in Morrisville, Vermont 4/11/2020 Ice Cream Social in White River Junction, VermontNew Hampshire is hosting the New Hampshire – Vermont Table Dinner on 3/28/2020. At this time, they are not cancelling this event. We leave it up to the discretion of our members whether or not they attend. Please note that the status of this event is subject to change.For chapter regular meetings, during this time, chapters are not required to submit a request for dispensation. We recognize that it may be difficult to make up one or two meetings before Grand Chapter, therefore, any meetings that are missed during this period do not need to be made up. This is a one-time exception. Once this suspension of activity has been lifted, we will immediately continue with our regular schedule. Should a meeting need to be rescheduled after the suspension, you will be again required to submit dispensation requests.The following mandates shall apply: Chapters which have held Annual Meetings, Elections but not Installation: Installation must take place at the first stated meeting following the lifting of this mandate. Chapters which have not yet held Annual Meetings, Elections and Installation: Elections and Installation must take place at the first stated meeting following the lifting of this mandate. Further instruction will follow. All Worthy Matrons, Secretaries and Treasurers will continue to pay bills during this period.Should an urgent matter arise during this period, please contact either myself or Sister Jerri K. Riegler, Past Grand Matron, Grand Secretary via phone or e-mail. Please continue to watch for updates and public notices from the State of Vermont and the CDC. Please be attentive to our elderly members and check in on them frequently as they are the group that will be the hardest hit. When there is a change in our status, we will notify the membership accordingly. Proud To Be, Jacqueline (Jacque) M. Shiner Bruce A. Johnson
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